(3rd comic novel in the series)
Thanks to a near-death experience, Jamie Smith can commute across dimensions to the heavens, home of the invisible machinery behind our world. Along with his psychotically challenged colleague Keziah Mordant, he has been recruited into an eccentric organization that tries to change things on earth by fixing and steering broken souls through the many hazards of the heavens: bad moods, clouds of anxiety, vortexes of self-loathing.
Mark Bright, Keziah’s delicious new boyfriend, is trying to set up a cafe and homelessness hub on earth. In the heavens, evil spirits plot to destroy the project, shatter their dreams, and plunge their souls into the celestial sewer system, the Sump of Lost Dreams. And they recruit an old foe to help them.
Helped in the battle by the prophet Jonah and an elderly female physicist, Jamie and Keziah visit the souls of two town planners, patch up some old sinners, try to out-think some very stupid beings, fight each other, a lot, and even argue with the Personification of Divine Wisdom. Along the way, Keziah fears being found out by happiness and Jamie goes on a fantasy tour of the foods of Southeast Asia.
The Sump of Lost Dreams is about when you think you’ve lost everything, you might be right.
Glenn Myers channels Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and John Bunyan in his writing – very entertaining and thought provoking. Did you ever wonder if you had a soul and what it might look like?
Welcome to a world, or rather a metaphysical space, where souls may get over-run with idealised memories or ravaged by civil war between yourself and your dark alter ego, you know the part of your psyche with the attitude and massive AK47. A place where Depression really is a Black Dog sniffing around, along with his pals Lust, Anger and Contempt. They have plans to shape this metaphysical space, and the souls within it – Jamie Smith is the flawed ‘hero’ who, along with his co-workers, has other plans for this same space… conflict ensues, one that draws you in and keeps you guessing.
An enjoyable story which weaves together events and intentions in the heavenlies with happenings on earth. No need to fear any black and white moralising, Myers’ characters and environment are too complex and his writing is too intelligent for that. Recommended- along with the rest of the trilogy.
Helen — Goodreads